No new Covid-19 cases, one active case

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sat, 30 May 2020, 1:19PM
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield at a previous briefing on Covid-19. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield at a previous briefing on Covid-19. Photo / Mark Mitchell

No new Covid-19 cases, one active case

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sat, 30 May 2020, 1:19PM

There are no new Covid-19 cases in New Zealand for the eighth day in a row and still one active case.

Our total number of confirmed and probable cases remains at 1504.

As death toll from the virus stands at 22.

There is no one in New Zealand receiving hospital-level care for Covid-19. The one active case is in the Auckland District Health Board area.

Yesterday our laboratories completed 3020 tests, bringing the total number of tests completed to date to 278, 872.

Contact tracing

The NZ Covid Tracer app has now recorded 458,000 registrations – that's an increase of 12,000 since this time yesterday.

The Ministry continued to encourage as many people as possible to download the app to help identify, trace, test and isolate any cases.

"We also recognise the work being done by businesses to get their unique QR codes up and running, and we will provide updated figures on this tomorrow," the Ministry said in a statement.

Community centres

The Ministry said we will likely see a drop in the testing numbers from this week, as they move to largely testing symptomatic people with a continued focus on testing at the border.

"We will keep our testing approach under constant review to respond to any changes as we have done to date."

As at May 29, there were 64 active Community Based Assessment Centres operating around the country and 105 designated practices, including mobile clinics, providing assessments and swabbing.

The Ministry has requested that DHBs continue to ensure equitable access to testing for those who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

"Each DHB will be making its own decisions on how best to provide testing over the coming weeks and this may involve a mix of CBACs, mobile services, primary care and other community-based testing.

"Each DHB will determine when and if it is appropriate for them to close their CBACs, while ensuring that testing is available.

"We have continued to review and update our sentinel and surveillance testing strategy throughout the response. An updated testing strategy will be considered by Cabinet next week. We anticipate any updates on this strategy should be publicly available by mid-June."